Eastern Ontario Development Program

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, FedDev Ontario is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario and Community Futures Ontario East to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.

Through Budget 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the five-year funding extension of the EODP of $48 million.

FedDev Ontario invests this funding through Community Futures Ontario East and the Northumberland CFDC for collaborative EODP, and with the 15 individual CFDCs located in eastern Ontario for local EODP

Who can apply?

Once the funding has been provided to the CFDCs, interested recipients may apply directly to Community Futures Ontario East or their local CFDC.

Eligible recipients may include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Commercial enterprises;
  • Aboriginal organizations; or
  • Post-secondary institutions.

What activities are eligible?

Contact your local CFDC or Community Futures Ontario East for more information on the eligible activities for your proposed project.

Projects should focus on business growth, community innovation and/or collaborative economic development.

Projects in the following priority areas will be considered:

  • Diversification of Economic Assets (capacity building)
    • Industry cluster development and expansion
    • Labour market development (skills gap analysis, skills development, worker transition)
    • Strategic planning and research studies
  • Business Development and Growth
    • New business development
      • Training & mentoring
      • Business start-ups
    • Existing businesses
      • Productivity enhancements (information and communications technologies, energy, new technologies, productivity assessments)
      • Market diversification
      • Innovation/product development (research and development)
      • Succession planning
    • Business Infrastructure
      • Business incubators
      • Supply chain analysis and development

Important Information

Please contact your local CFDC, or Community Futures Ontario East, should you have program questions or inquiries.

Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations

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